Nov. 7, 2013
C-USA Championship Bracket | Tournament Central
Match #21: East Carolina (9-8-3, 5-4-1 C-USA) vs. Colorado College (13-4-2, 8-1-1 C-USA)
When: Friday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Houston, Texas - Holloway Field (Rice University)
Series Record: Colorado College leads, 5-3-1
Last Meeting/Result: Sept. 27, 2013/Colorado College won, 1-0
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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina women's soccer team will face a familiar foe in the semifinals of the 2013 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship, when it takes on top-seeded Colorado College, Friday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m., [ET] at Rice University's Holloway Field.
SCOUTING COLORADO COLLEGE
-The Tigers advanced on penalty kicks (4-2) in a quarterfinal victory over Tulsa, after two overtimes left the score tied, 2-2.
-Colorado College is the No. 1 seed of the 10 teams that originally qualified for the C-USA tournament.
-The team is led by striker Jessie Ayers, who has a team-high 11 goals and 23 points on the season.
-Goalkeeper Kate Scheele has started all 19 games for the Tigers this season and has posted 10 shutouts to go along with a 0.84 goals-against average.
EAST CAROLINA NOTES
ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONOREES
Freshman D Caitlin Hite (first team), sophomore F Kendall Frey (third team) and redshirt junior D Danielle Romano (third team) were named All-Conference USA performers for the 2013 season. Hite, who also named to the league's all-freshman team, became the first player in program history to earn first-team recognition in her initial season.
East Carolina is making its third straight Conference USA tournament appearance. The streak is the second-longest in program history, only behind its five-year stretch from 2004-08.
ECU's six-game unbeaten streak, which includes five wins and one tie, is its longest since a 13-game stretch during the 2008 campaign.
FREY ON FIRE
Kendall Frey has five go-ahead goals in the last six games. Three of those scores were game-winners, coming at FIU on Oct. 18, at Southern Miss on Oct. 25 and against UTEP in the C-USA quarterfinals on Nov. 6.
The area in front of the East Carolina has been protected heavily this year, as the Pirates have shut out five opponents this year, while holding opponents to a .073 shooting percentage.
FREY'S FAVORITE FRIENDLY FOOT
Redshirt junior midfielder and C-USA Preseason Watch List choice Lexi Miller leads the team in assists with six this season. Miller also has an assist in three of the Pirates' last four games - all of which have led to a goal by teammate Kendall Frey.
HUT, HUT, HITE!
Caitlin Hite has played every minute in 18 of the Pirates' 20 matches during her first campaign. Included in that total are four double-overtime games and three single overtime contests.
POOLE OF SUCCESS
Redshirt junior M Skylar Poole has scored three game-winning goals this season, the latest coming against Florida Atlantic on Oct. 20. ECU owns a 9-3-2 record when Poole is in the starting lineup, which includes a 6-0-1 mark against C-USA opponents
REJOICING FOR ROMANO
With the Pirates needing a win or tie in the season finale to punch its ticket to the C-USA Championships, Danielle Romano scored her first-career goal on a penalty kick with five seconds remaining in regulation to give ECU a 2-1 win over Middle Tennessee and eliminate the Blue Raiders from contention.
A SEASON OF FIRSTS
Six East Carolina players, juniors Skylar Poole and Kelly Miller and freshmen Caitlin Hite, Lana Spitler, Jenna Geist and Kelsey Reeves, have scored their first-career goals during the 2013 season.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
The Pirates have one of the younger starting lineups in the conference, as multiple freshmen have routinely been in the starting lineup. ECU started a season-high five newcomers Sept. 6 against UNCW.
In his 15th season at the helm of the program, head coach Rob Donnenwirth won his 200th-career game in a 2-0 season-opening victory at Davidson on Aug. 23.